what's new (with you)?

What's new with you?

A standard, casual greeting to someone used to politely (and sometimes superficially) inquire about what is happening in their life. Hey Tom, what's new with you? It's nice to see you again, Brenda. What's new with you these days?
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what's new (with you)?

What has been happening in your life? How are you? This term, now used as a conversation-starter, may have originated in “What’s the news?” and dates from the early twentieth century. Robert M. Pirsig gives it broader meaning in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974): “‘What’s new?’ is an interesting and broadening eternal question, but one which, if pursued exclusively, results only in an endless parade of trivia and fashion, the silt of tomorrow.”
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